• Extreme History

    Exploring the Crossroads of Heritage and Highway Maps

    In the American West, history, myth, and landscape are bound together in the formation of a geographical imagination, producing place identities that are deeply entrenched. Place identity is intimately linked to awareness of the past and the construction of heritage. Heritage is constructed and inscribed into place identity via the production of cultural texts, including landscape, literature, popular media, and promotional materials, and, significantly, highway maps.

    In this presentation, Rob Briwa introduces the key geographic concepts of place identity, heritage, and critical cartography by examining Montana’s Highway Commission and its Department of Transportation and how it contributes to Montana’s heritage through its highway map program.

    Slides from the presentation can be downloaded here (PDF). (more…)

    Race and Ruination: The Exodus of Montana’s African American Community

    In 1910, Montana’s African American population constituted a vibrant community—seemingly on the precipice of growth and prosperity. By 1920, however, that growth faltered and the signs of decline were evident. Over the next decade, the population of the black community atrophied to nearly half its numbers from 1910, never again to recover. In researching numerous family and individual histories over the last three years, a key point of ambiguity in many African American narratives centers on why they left Montana. Leading up to the tumultuous social, economic, and environmental conditions that gripped the state starting in the late 1910s, new and unique western structures of racism were already in place. Consequently, this produced disproportionate hardships and bleak conditions for the black community.

    This lecture by Anthony Wood will explore the history of black Montanans and their experiences in the early twentieth century. Through stories about the rise and fall of black night clubs in Helena, Buffalo Soldiers, homesteaders, unions, and other narratives in Montana’s history, we will come to a better understanding of the historical experiences of our fellow Montanans, and why so many chose to leave.

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  • So Many Words

    Children’s Festival of the Book: Authors Panel

    The Bozeman Public Library’s 10th annual Children’s Festival of the Book was held on Saturday, November 4th, featuring two visiting authors and illustrators, Grace Lin and Jarrett Krosoczka, as well as local author Kent Davis. The capstone event was a wide-ranging panel discussion with the authors, covering topics from writing habits to cultural issues to the social impact of children’s literature. The discussion was moderated by Michele Corriel. Responses to the first question were in the order: Kent Davis, Grace Lin, Jarrett Krosoczka.

    Learn more about the highly accomplished authors at Children’s Festival of the Book website. (more…)

    One Book One Bozeman: Speak by Louisa Hall

    Speak is a thoughtful, poignant novel that explores the creation of Artificial Intelligence–illuminating the very human need for communication, connection, and understanding. It is the 2017 selected work for One Book – One Bozeman, a community-wide read program designed to encourage engaged discussion and literacy through the reading of a common book. At the event recorded here, author Louisa Hall gave a reading and answered many questions from the audience. (more…)

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  • Music from Here

    Paul Bohak – Vagabond’s Wealth

    I have been a musician since I was 11. At that time I got my first guitar, which was an electric guitar. It was made by a brand called Memphis who made these small, child-sized electric guitars. The thing I wanted to do most, besides play well, was write songs. (more…)

    Edis – Fly Me Away

    Edis is a singer/songwriter who strongly believes in the transformative power of music. Music heals. Music creates community. Music is medicine. (more…)

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  • Science Matters

    Capturing an Eclipse by Balloon

    On August 21, 2017, student teams across the country sent balloons aloft to conduct scientific studies of the total solar eclipse. Angela Des Jardins, principal investigator of the NASA-sponsored Eclipse Ballooning Project and director of the Montana Space Grant Consortium, discusses early results of what the students learned and how it contributes to our understanding of eclipses and their effects.

    Moon's shadow on Earth, seen from a balloon

    Moon’s shadow on Earth, seen from a balloon. © Montana Space Grant Consortium, used with permission.

    For more information, images, and videos, visit the project website. (more…)

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  • 406 Creatives

    Following Truth

    Tad Bradley was raised on a forestry college campus in the Adirondack Park of New York State, his best friend a female black lab. They spent most of their time exploring the 14,000 acre campus. After attending three separate colleges he somehow landed in Montana to study architectural design…his masters-degree research studying the psychological effect/affects of space. From the forest and lakes, to the fourth largest state, to design firms in Boston and Bozeman to becoming a passionate educator/artist and now…..all because of that internal voice within us all that pushes and pulls and inspires us to make difficult and intimidating decisions. (more…)

    What’s Next? The Power of Storytelling

    Drawing on examples from his tour guide experience and from the Star Wars movies, Connor Harbison describes fundamental story structure and how everyone can use it to tell great stories. Since graduating in history and political science from the University of Pittsburgh, Connor has taught in Indonesia, conducted research for a nuclear energy startup, and served as a legislative fellow on Capitol Hill. He currently serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA through Montana Campus Compact. He directs outreach for the Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU, an organization that helps campus affiliated entrepreneurs start businesses. In his free time, Connor enjoys reading and hiking. (more…)

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  • Local Literati

    Al Kesselheim of Bozeman

    With typical self-deprecation, Al Kesselheim calls himself a “journeyman writer.” That would account for the broad range of his work, from family memoir to fiction to to poetry to journalistic storytelling. But it hardly hints at the deep awareness of the human and natural environment that infuses his writing and his conversation. Listen to him discuss his approach to writing and read from a rounded selection of pieces.

    Anne Millbrooke

    Anne Millbrooke tells her story and reads from her work in this interview by Dianne Elliott.

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  • Early Listening

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  • Crossroads

    Taking the Pulse of Greater Yellowstone: Successes and Challenges in Sustaining a Wildland Ecosystem in the 21st Century

    Yellowstone is famous for being the world’s first national park, one of the largest temperate wildlands, including all native species, and a role model for wildlife management. But like wildlands globally, Yellowstone is facing increasing human pressure and climate change. Andrew Hansen, professor in the Department of Ecology and director of the Landscape Biodiversity Lab at Montana State University, discusses the concept of “greater” in the moniker Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the impact of people in the wildlands, trends in vital signs of ecological health and ways forward in the coming century. (more…)

    Mountain Journal: A New Voice

    MSU Wonderlust presented a Friday Forum featuring Rick Reese and Todd Wilkinson, the creators of the new online Mountain Journal.

    We live next to one of the largest essentially intact ecosystems in the temperate zone of the earth with an unparalleled variety and number of wildlife. But we also live in a region experiencing rapid population growth. What will be the effect of these added pressures on our wild lands? The online Mountain Journal will center on efforts to raise visibility on the vulnerability of these wild lands by providing fact-based information on this amazing resource and the challenges ahead. (more…)

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  • Art Talk

    Art & Inspiration: Diane Elliott and Souther

    Diane Elliott is a prizewinning poet and author of articles and fiction. Her daughter, Souther, who grew up in Bozeman is a gifted creator of fine jewelry in Boston. These two artistic spirits join Susan Nichols-Roughton in a conversation about their collaboration in an elegant coffee table book that is part Souther’s memoir and part exquisite photographs by Linda Griffith of Souther’s remarkable work. (more…)

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  • Gallatin History Series

    Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey with Russell Rowland

    A native Montanan and an acclaimed novelist (In Open Spaces, High and Inside), Russell Rowland spent the better part of two years studying and traveling around his beloved home state, from the mines of Butte to the pine forests of the Northwest, from the stark, wind-scrubbed badlands of the East to the tourist-driven economies of the mountain West. Along the way, he considered our state’s essential character, where we came from and, most of all, what we might be in the process of becoming. In this presentation he read from his newest book, Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey.

    Recorded at Museum of the Rockies, September 6, 2017.

    Nike’s Echo

    As a linguistic historian, Chrysti M. Smith revives the myths of the ancients and explains how those stories live on in dozens of common English words. Combining images of Western mythological characters and contemporary culture, Smith reveals an often forgotten world of words. You can find more from Chrysti the Wordsmith at her website, (more…)

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  • The MSU Philosophy Society’s A-Z Lecture Series

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  • Bozeman Police Blotter

    Mr. Postman

    A dog bit a mail carrier when he dropped the mail over a fence on North Bozeman Avenue around 12:30 p.m.

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